Stallings threw a two-hitter and struck out 10, retiring 16 straight at one point, as the No. 10 Mustangs recorded a 6-1 victory over No. 14 Patterson Mill in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game Monday night at Harford Community College.
Stallings only had problems in the first inning. Mike Delinski started the game by slicing a triple to right field. Aaron Childs then walked before Zach Scheuerman drove in Delinski with a sacrifice fly to deep center that gave Patterson Mill a 1-0 lead after just three batters.
But Stallings wasn't rattled.
"I didn't want to give up anything else," Stallings said. "Just back to square one."
Stallings then retired 16 in a row before Delinski singled in the sixth. After that, Stallings (4-2) got the final five outs without any trouble.
Stallings threw 96 pitches — 60 strikes — in his seven innings. He mixed his fastball, curve and changeup throughout the game, constantly changing speeds and hitting his spots. The Huskies hit just one ball out of the infield after the first inning and only three to the outfield all night.
"We've seen him do this before," said C.M. Wright coach Tony Blackburn. "I was also pleased with the way our defense played behind him. I was really happy with that."
Falling behind early didn't bother the Mustangs, who took the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the first off Patterson Mill starter Matt Golczewski (5-2). Nick Testa led off with a double, and Colt Hancock walked — with both runners moving up a base on the wild pitch that came on ball four.
Stallings tied the game with an RBI single, and the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead when Andrew Clow grounded into a double play.
C.M. Wright added two runs in the fifth when Stephen Rappe got an RBI double, and Tyler Dameron followed with a run-scoring single. The Mustangs scored the final two runs in the sixth when Justin Martin and Rappe drew bases-loaded walks off Golczewski, who walked 10 in his 5 2/3-inning effort.
The Mustangs had chances to break it open, but Golczewski kept getting out of trouble. They wound up leaving 10 on base as Patterson Mill stayed close.
"We expected to be here [this year]; that was our goal," said Patterson Mill coach Matt Roseland. "But hats off to Nick. He was on tonight."
(at Harford Community College)
C.M. Wright 6, Patterson Mill 1
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C200 022 x—6 8 0
Golczewski, Salamone (6) and Scheuerman; Stallings and Clow. 2B: C-Testa, Rappe. 3B: P- Delinski